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January 2nd 2016

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING DIAMOND JEWELLERY

What to look for when buying diamond jewellery

We realize that diamonds are still a woman's 'Best Friend''. Perennially classic, diamonds like Women symbolize elegance, grace and strength. Women today are constantly seeking to make style statements with their diamond jewellery.

Whether you're considering a gift of diamond jewelry for someone special, the most important aspect to look for is the quality of the diamond. Here is some information to help you get the best quality diamond jewelry for your money.

The 5 C's

The value of a diamond is determined by what is commonly referred to as the 4Cs: cut, color, clarity and carat weight. Today, there is also a "5th C" called "Certification". Each of the 5C's is important and the most valuable diamonds are those that possess the best of all these five elements.

Cut:

Among the 5C's of diamond value, the cut is considered the most critical. Cut refers to the proportions, polish and symmetry also known as the finish of the diamond. These factors determine the fire and brilliance of a diamond. Well-cut diamonds sell at a premium and poorly cut diamonds sell at lower prices.

Since the quality of the cut is directly responsible for the stone's beauty, the precision with which the facets are arranged is of prime importance.  They determine the amount of light reflected to the eye, called brilliance. Good cut diamonds are equally well proportioned, but their reflective powers are less than their more highly graded relations. At the low end of reflectivity, fair and poor diamonds may reflect no more than 40% of the entering light.

Carat:

Carat is the unit of weight for the diamond.  A carat is further subdivided in 100 points (0.01 carat = l point). One carat is equal to 0.20 grams.  Value per carat increases with carat size, because larger rough diamonds occur less frequently.  In other words, 2 half-carat diamonds taken together will not cost as much as 1 one-carat diamond, as the one-carat stone is rarer

Clarity:

Clarity describes the clearness or purity of a diamond. This is determined by the number, size, nature, and location of the internal (inclusions) and external (blemishes) imperfections.

In keeping with the precise nature of determining diamond value, clarity has its own scale of measurement. The clarity scale accounts for these microscopic imperfections. Gems with the fewest inclusions are the rarest and costliest.

Colour:

Rarely does the absence of something add value. Not so for diamonds, where the absence of color is nearly always the mark of value. Diamonds purest in brilliance have no colors. Most diamonds vary from colourless to yellow. To determine this all diamonds need to be compared with an internationally accepted master set of stones, the colour of which ranges from D or colourless to Z, the yellowest. Colors can also range from intense yellow to brown, blue, green, pink and red. These fancy colors are rare and therefore more valuable.

Certification:

Based on the 4C's, a diamond certificate identifies and attests to the specific characteristics of your diamond. A diamond, which is certified, will provide you with the confidence and assurance whilst making a buying decision.

A diamond is certified by an independent laboratory by certified gemologists and assures that your diamond is what it claims to be.

As you begin to appreciate the different qualities of diamonds, you will decide what is important to you. Some women prefer size and sparkle to a finer quality while others want perfection and will sacrifice size. The important thing is that you get the value for what you want. So, go ahead and indulge your loved one this Valentines Day with a diamond.

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